Attitudes Toward Bisexual Men and Women

Attitudes Toward Bisexual Men and Women


Alfred Kinsey was the first to acknowledge that sexuality may be fluid rather than simply dichotomous. Brian Dodge, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, reiterates this: “We come out of the womb unprogrammed. Kinsey was the first to back that up with behavioral data. There are very few dichotomies in life – particularly in terms of human behavior; so he was not surprised that he had large numbers of people admitting to having a same sex experience.”

However, attitudes toward bisexuality have been varied, with some believing it is just a transition period before one comes out as gay or lesbian and others strongly disagreeing with this idea and being more accepting of the range of sexual and relationship preferences that exist.

The Current Research

Research on sexuality across cultures has shown that substantial numbers of men and women report bisexuality, or sexual or intimate activity with both genders, during their lifetime. “Bisexual” is also a commonly used socio-cultural and sexual identity label. However, as yet, valid and reliable scales have not been developed to assess attitudes toward bisexual men and women in diverse populations.

The research team at The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University – Bloomington is conducting a study on attitudes towards bisexual men and women (IRB# 1005001353). They are assessing the validity and reliability of scales that they have developed.

Women and men who are at least 18 years of age are invited to participate in this study. If you participate, you will be asked about your attitudes by selecting the level of agreement or disagreement to specific statements made throughout the survey.

This survey will not take any longer than 20 minutes.

At the end of the survey you will have a chance to enter a raffle to win one out of ten $25 Visa Gift Cards.

To learn more about this anonymous online survey, please visit the study website at:

If you have any questions about the study, please contact the principal investigators, Dr. Brian Dodge ( or Gabriel Goncalves (

This post was originally on Kinsey Confidential.


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